First Annual A.C.W.A. World Training Conference


ACWAFirst Annual A.C.W.A. Combatives World Training Conference: 

Join us on Saturday March 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn for our First Annual A.C.W.A. Combatives World Training Conference. We will be rolling out some new programs for our Instructor Team and providing some in depth marketing and sales training that changes the game!  Instructors will be served lunch as part of the seminar cost and then we will open the doors to normal team members and the general public at 1 pm that day.

We’ll have team shirts and custom training gear for sale as well.  Please wear blue jeans, A.C.W.A. Shirt (or plain black t-shirt if new) and shoes you can move in.  Bring some water to drink and your good to go for an action packed day and of course BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!


  • Instructors 9am-5pm (Lunch included)
  • Team Members & General Public 1-5 pm


  • $65 For Active Instructors & Team Members
  • $75 For General Public

(cost goes up $10 after March 1st so hurry!)

Call: 469-939-2462 or email to purchase tickets for this event!

Download Flyer for the ACWA First Annual World Training Conference

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Train hard, stay safe,


Justin J. Everman

Founder, A.C.W.A.




The “Special Forces” Shovel = A modern day Sword?

Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel

Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel The “Special Forces” shovel or “E-Tool” (Entrenching-Tool) has been used by the world’s armies for a very long time.   You can dig with it of course (it’s not the easiest thing to actually use to dig a hole with, which I always found humorous), but it brings much more than that to the table with it.  So let’s take a quick look at what else this tool has to offer.

SpecsThe tool has some heft to it, weighing in at just shy of 1.5 lbs.  It’s dimensions 21 x 3 x 6 inches in size and is produced in Taiwan for Cold Steel.  The head is made from a medium quality steel and the handle is wood.  The sides and leading edges come roughly sharpened from factory, sharp enough to cut you so treat it like you would a knife. With the 3 sharp edges, it’s almost required that you purchase a sheath (sold separately) if you ever intend to pack or store the shovel.  There’s no way to decrease the size as with other folding shovels, but what it lacks in compactness it definitely makes up in functionality. Personally I like the “less to break” concept so it’s a plus to me that it’s all one piece. This also makes it easier to hold near its center of gravity.

The HandleThe handle can be removed and or replaced by pulling out 2 screws.  It can be a bit slippery, but nothing you can’t fix with tape and/or para-cord.  You could also cut some lines in the handle for grip then sand and refinish it.  We do suggest adding a lanyard (drill a hole through the back, loop some cord through it and tie it off) though for retention.

It’s a shovel or is it?First it’s a shovel, secondly and without much imagination, it becomes a very decent personal defense tool.  The flat of the shovel’s head can smash flat anything you like and the rear edges of the shovel can easy be used to hook and pull with. The 3 sharp edges cut and chop and the handle can be used just as one would use a stick.

The shovel can easily be wielded with either one or two hands.  Interestingly enough a great deal of classical sword (katana in particular) movements can be translated into how one moves the shovel.  This is exactly how A.C.W.A. Combatives chooses to use this amazing tool (in the right hands it’s a very formidable weapon).  Ancient mechanics, modern application!

CuttingHere’s a quick video from Cold Steel that shows the shovel cutting various materials (the movement here is nothing like we suggest, but they are just showing the cutting action of the tool).

SummaryThis is very rugged shovel and well worth it’s $20-$30 price point.  I’d suggest you have one of these in your vehicle (with a sheath) and in your “Bug Out” /Camping gear. Even though it’s not fold-able, the uses, strength, and tactical benefits far outweigh it’s lack of compactness.

Train hard, stay safe,


Justin J. Everman

Founder, A.C.W.A.


Christmas Party & Wounded Warrior Project – Fund Raiser Dec 21st, 6PM


A.C.W.A. Members, Friends, and joint venture partners Christmas+Party(you all will get an email from us to RSVP to), please join us on December 21st at 6PM at the A.C.W.A. World HQ in Richardson for our annual Christmas Party and Wounded Warrior Project Fund Raiser.  Cost to attend is just $10 and that is good for 1 name in the prize drawing.  You will get 1 prize ticket for each $10 you put in, more tickets you buy the more chances you have to win.   There is over $1000 worth in prizes this year!  All money will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the A.C.W.A. will match the first $200 you all contribute as well.

10 Prizes to win:

1)  A weekend stay at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre for 2 with breakfast – Value $300

2 ) & 3)  Patriot Protection 50% off training certificates! – Value $100

4) $50 off a private lesson with Justin J. Everman – Value $50

5) $25 dollar gift card to StarBucks – Value $25

6) Tattoo Session from Southern Talent Tattoos – Value $200

7) Free Cake Voucher from Sinful Treats – Value (who cares it’s awesome, thats enough)

8) 2 Free Concert Tickets at Tomcats West in Ft Worth – Value ~ $50

9) Old Academy “The Dark Knight Rises” Poster – Value ?

10) Winchester Spotting scope – Value  $70


The A.C.W.A. will supply a stack of Pizzas, some interesting martial arts videos (always fun), and Founder Justin J. Everman will go over how the organization has grown this last year and what the goals and strategic direction will be for 2014. We always have a great time and it’s for a good cause as well. A real Win – Win.

Train hard, stay safe,


Justin J. Everman

Founder, A.C.W.A.

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